Opening Day: Pregame

The Indians open up the 2013 season in a dome in chilly Toronto as a high of 35º and a possibility of snow is expected. The Tribe will be throwing out a brand new lineup, featuring at least four players who have never taken an official at bat as a member of the Cleveland Indians. As a whole, it is the strongest lineup on paper that the Indians have fielded in years and a whole lot would have to go wrong for them to perform worse than last year's unit. The line-up is as follows:

CF: Michael Bourne
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
2B: Jason Kipnis
1B: Nick Swisher
LF: Michael Brantley
C: Carlos Santana
DH: Mark Reynolds
3B: Lonnie Chisenhall
RF: Drew Stubbs

Justin Masterson will be starting for the Tribe with an eight man bull-pen ready to go behind him if he falters. Facing Masterson will be a Blue Jays lineup that was even more revamped than the Indians.

SS: Jose Reyes
LF: Melky Cabrera
RF: Jose Bautista
1B: Edwin Encarnacion
DH: Adam Lind
C: J.P. Arencibia
CF: Colby Rasmus
2B: Emilio Bonifacio
3B: Maicer Izturis

With their increased power along with the retention of perennial MVP candidate Jose Bautista the Blue Jays look to compete in the AL East for the first time since they won two World Series in the early 1990's. Knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey will be starting for Toronto, another offseason pick-up after he won the NL Cy Young last season with the Mets.

While opening day is not technically more important than any other game of the year, it is emotionally more important and this one will feature two of the teams expected to increase their win totals the most from last year. Opening day should be a very interesting match-up as both teams try to learn how to mesh with their new teammates.

Chris Perez

Pure Rage will lead the Bullpen Mafia into Toronto.

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona.

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